Bulletin Points:1. The Kingdom is here2. Forcing our way into the Kingdom3. We can now fulfil the law
Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:1. Share with the group a good news you received in the passed (ie a job acceptance / promotion, a medical report, pregnancy, exam results). How did you feel?2. How did John the Baptist's message (Luke 3:3, 16) differ from the prophets who came before him?3. Just what IS the "good news of the Kingdom of God"? Put in your own words what this good news is.4. What does it mean for you to be a person of the Kingdom?5. As scripture begins to make sense to us, it results in a revelation and relationship with God as a Father – have you ever encountered God or scripture in a new way that changed your mindset?6. Read Luke 16:16-18. Why do you think the Kingdom of God requires forcible entry? Have you ever tried to force your way into the Kingdom of Heaven?7. To come into the Kingdom requires deliberate, radical, purposeful and determined action. Do you find yourself being radical, countercultural or doing whatever it takes to follow Jesus?8. Why do you think Jesus was accused of doing away with the Law? Did he?9. What does it mean to embrace the spirit of the law and live like Jesus, without having a legalistic approach to the Law?10. How can you continue or start to actively seek entrance into the Kingdom of God? How is the Kingdom forcibly coming into your world? Share with the group.
Bulletin Points:1. Divine Opportunity There is an opportune time for everything .2. Veto Power Give God veto power over your plan.3. Hindrance’s to Vero Power Hindrance’s to veto power are pride, ambition false peace.
Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:1. Has there been a time in your life that you have missed an opportune time that was God ordained?2. What are some of the benefits of God’s opportune timing?3. Have you ever left a season of your life too soon or too late?4. Have you ever been engaged in a plan that you believed was from God but later became derailed?5. What are some areas where you can be flexible and accept God’s veto power in in your life?6. What are some hindrances to accepting God’s veto to our plans?
Bulletin Points:1. Relationship Presence2. Revelation Presence3. Resurrection Presence
Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:1. Share with your group a time when you had been given a second chance, purely by grace?2. Read John 11:1-44. Does this story give you goosebumps? Why or why not?3. How do you see Jesus being relational and emotional with Lazarus family? How do you see Jesus being relational, emotional and real with you? (v35)4. When Jesus gives bold revelations and promises, how do you receive it based on your relationship with Him? (v4, v6-16, 39-44)5. I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me will live even if he dies. (v25). How does receiving a second chance with a resurrected spiritual life through Jesus Christ make you look at life now?
Bulletin Points:1. Jesus saw the needs of the Lost2. Jesus felt the pains of the Lost3. Jesus ministered to the Lost
Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:1. Share with the group about a time when you lost something really precious. Explain how you felt and the effort that you made trying to find what was lost.2. Read Luke 13:34-35, 19:41-44 and discuss why Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.3. In Luke 9:54-56, Jesus was not received by the people of a Samaritan village. How did the disciples react to such rejection? What warning does this incident give to us?4. Using Matthew 9:35-38, 14:14 as examples, what were the effects of compassion on Jesus’ ministries to the lost children of Israel?5. Define compassion. Discuss what compassion is and what it is not.6. In Luke 19:10, Jesus described the unbelievers as the lost. Discuss why this is the correct description of their spiritual state. Make reference to Hebrews 9:27 and Ephesians 2:1-2 in the discussion.7. Discuss this statement: “We cannot force compassion, which can only be acquired by opening one’s heart to a personal and experiential touch from the Hand of God.” How can we grow in compassion for the lost?8. It was suggested that “Break my heart for what breaks yours; open up my eyes to the things unseen” was a dangerous prayer. Do you agree? Are you willing to pray this prayer?9. Break into smaller groups with each member praying for one or two pre-believers whom he/she believes that Jesus has placed in his/her heart to minister to. Ask God for His compassion, and proclaim their salvation in Jesus’ Name.
Bulletin Points:1. Loving others starts with God2. Loving others starts with me
Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:1. When was the last time someone got on your nerves? How did you respond? Was it in love? What would you have done differently?2. Read together John 13:34. What did Jesus say? Why? Who was He speaking to?3. Read Romans 15:7. How are we to treat each other? How? Why? What would that mean in our church?4. From Romans 15:7, how has Christ accepted you? How does that play out in the way we are to love one another at church?5. Read 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 21- 26. How are you placed and related at church? How are we to treat those who are weaker and less prominent in the eyes of the world?6. On another occasion when Jesus was asked who is my neighbour, He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Read Luke 10:27-37. What is the unusualness in this story? What surprises you? Why did Jesus mention about the Levite and priest? And who is my neighbour in this story?7. God’s concept of “neighbour” is broad, extending to the poor, the rejected, and the alien. The Pharisees tried to narrow the idea, limiting the command to those who were most like themselves. Jesus would not allow it then, and He will not allow it now. Who is your neighbour? Who are those currently in need that you are aware of? How have you treated them?8. Write down names of people you know who are:- Physically in need- Emotionally in need(Write an encouraging note to them)- Spiritually in need of salvation(If this need is not met, they will spend an eternity separated from God. That’s why it’s vital for you to share the gospel to them.)9. What do you say about the person around you now, in this Kingdom group? Is it a fervent expression of love or something else? How can this group practice unconditional love for each other this week? What does that look like? Just think of how much more wonderful this life would be if all of us practice love!
Bulletin Points:1. Healthy Identity2. Holy confidence
Questions for Kingdom Group Discussion:
1. What do you like most about yourself ? What don’t you like about yourself ?2. Read Matt. 22:35-40. What is the second commandment?3. The greatest commandment passage has within it the most posing challenge for you and for me: the lesson of learning to love ourselves. We need a healthy relationship with ourselves. Jesus said, “Love your neighbour AS yourself.” Is this something easy or difficult to do? Why?4. What is the difference between selfishness or self-centeredness and self-love?5. Certainly we are not to be self-centered, but in order for our relationship with others to be healthy, we need to love ourselves. Can you agree that God wants you to love yourself ? If so, what are some very good reasons to love yourself ?6. Pause for a moment and write down those lies about yourself which others have been telling you.7. Share with the group what they are and replace the lies with the truth.8. You can love yourself because you are made in God’s image and you are loved by God. What are the ten unchangeables in life? Whenever you compare one of these unchangeables with another person or other people, you are tempted and tend to develop feelings of inferiority and it challenges your self-acceptance. What is the right way to overcome this?